Thursday, September 17, 2015

AFT Awards: Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series

This is the second category of the 9th Annual AFT Television Awards, my personal choices for the best in television during the 2014-2015 seasons. Finalists and semi-finalists are included to recognize more of the impressive work done on television today. Nominees are pictured in the order I’ve ranked them.

Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Last year’s nominees: Lizzy Caplan, Diane Kruger, Julianna Margulies, Tatiana Maslany, Elisabeth Moss

Emmy nominees: Claire Danes, Viola Davis, Taraji P. Henson, Tatiana Maslany, Elisabeth Moss, Robin Wright

Semi-finalists: Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex), Lucy Liu (Elementary) Br />
Finalists: Amanda Schull (12 Monkeys) was a superb exemplar of the difficult task of reasoning science and logic with the seemingly impossible. Claire Danes (Homeland) was frenetic as ever in a new place with even more treachery and problems than her homeland. Katey Sagal (Sons of Anarchy) went off the deep end with her character but managed to keep her composed and collected at just the right moments. Emily Mortimer (The Newsroom) was strong-willed and envelope-pushing in her final arc as a dedicated news producer. Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife) braved a new landscape with her political career and brought plenty of naïve passion with her.

The nominees:

Ruth Wilson (The Affair) threw herself fully into the role of a depressed wife who saw the opportunity for something exciting and forbidden and couldn’t resist. Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men) sent Peggy Draper out in style, giving her one last shot at making her mark on advertising. Diane Kruger (The Bridge) dug even deeper into her dedicated detective as she faced new hurdles and deadly threats. Robin Wright (House of Cards) exerted her influence and role in her husband’s political career as he sidelined her and she refused to take it.

The winner:

Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) continued to portray a number of extremely different characters, making it seem each time like a different actor was on screen breathing life into a fresh, unique clone.

Next up: Best Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

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